Authentic Cypriot Taverna Brandy Sour Cocktail
2 mins (prep 2)
6 ingredients
1 servings
These were without doubt the most popular drink that we served in the restaurant I ran in Cyprus! They are known as the National Drink of Cyprus, and are delicious as well as being very refreshing. We used to make these with the local Cypriot brandy, which is not as strong as normal French brandy or cognac and has a delectable caramel taste to it. We also used the local angostura bitters, known as "Cock Drops", which as you can imagine, brought raised eyebrows and howls of laughter from overseas guests and tourists! A little history behind the cocktail: The Cypriot Brandy Sour style was developed following the introduction of the first blended brandy made on Cyprus, by the Haggipavlu family, in the early 1930s. The cocktail was developed at the Forest Park Hotel, in the hill-resort of Plátres in the beautiful Troodos Mountain range, for the young King Farouk of Egypt, who often stayed at the hotel during his frequent visits to the island. The Brandy Sour was introduced as an alcoholic substitute for iced tea, as a way of disguising the Muslim monarch's preference for Western-style cocktails. The drink subsequently spread to other bars and hotels in the fasionable Platres area, before making its way to the coastal resorts of Limassol, Paphos and Kyrenia, and the capital Nicosia. With increasing numbers of tourists visiting the island in the last thirty years, and the large garrison of British servicemen stationed on the island, the Cypriot Brandy Sour is now known around the world. This is how we used to make them in our restaurant - a trade secet shared!!

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  • 3 ounces brandy (2 measures (typically keo vsop or haggipavlu anglias brands)
  • 1 1/2 ounces lemon cordial, to taste (1 measure)
  • 2 -4 drops bitters (angostura or cypriot cock drops brands)


Serving Size (127.58 g)
Servings 1
Amount per Serving
Calories 54.01 Calories from Fat 1.17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.13g 0.2%
Saturated Fat 0.02g 0.08%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 6.8mg 0.28%
Total Carbohydrate 4.96g 1.65%
Dietary Fiber 1.19 g 4.76%
Sugars 2.04 g %
Protein 0.53g 1.05%
Vitamin A 9.36IU% Vitamin C 22.54mg%
Calcium 18.71mg% Iron 0.6mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
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